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“A great self care book for women. Reflective, relevant, right on point.”–Anonymous


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Mother Teresa said, “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” Most women are so busy filling the lamps of the people they love that they let their own lamps run low. They spend so much time and energy taking care of their children, husbands, aging parents, friends, neighbors, bosses, coworkers, and others that they often neglect themselves.

Awareness is the first step toward solving a problem. So the first section of Oil for Your Lamp is devoted to helping us acknowledge the problem and understand the reasons for it. The first section of the book looks at how girls are socialized, growing up to be women who put others first. Subsequently, it examine the values women have adopted in the past fifty years, beginning with the feminist movement—leading us to believe that we can have it all—all at once. And then explores the corresponding myth that we can DO it all.

But don’t be discouraged. Help is on the way—in the second section, we’ll get into solutions for the problem. We’ll learn the value of doing nothing, how to play again, how to become more inner-directed, and most important, how to ask for help.

It’s the new golden rule for women: “Do unto yourself as you would do to others.”

  • Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Page Count: 128
  • Video Run Time: 1 min 53 secs
  • eBook Format: .epub
  • Audio Format: mp3

About Authors

BJ GALLAGHER is an inspirational author and speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women’s books that enlighten and entertain, gift books that inspire and inform, and kids’ books that charm and delight. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or a group of giggling youngsters, her message is powerful, positive and practical. She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor.

BJ’s international best-seller, A Peacock in the Land of Penguins, has sold over 300,000 copies in 22 languages.

A much-published author, her books include:

  • It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions; 2009)
  • Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know are Good for Me? (Berkley; 2009)
  • Learning to Dance in the Rain (Simple Truths; 2009)
  • The Best Way Out is Always Through (Simple Truths; 2009)
  • Oh, Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me! (Simple Truths; 2010)
  • Oil for Your Lamp (Simple Truths; 2010)
  • Friends (Simple Truths; 2011)
  • The Road to Happiness (Simple Truths; 2011)
  • The Power of Positive Doing (Simple Truths; 2012)
  • The Power of One (Simple Truths; 2016)
  • The Leadership Secrets of Oz (Simple Truths; 2017)

BJ and her books have been featured on CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs.

She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women’s magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Woman’s World, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), The Guardian (U.K.),,, and

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences across the country. Her clients include: IBM, Chevron, U.S. Veterans Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, U.S. Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., The American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, U.S. Army, and Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

For more information, visit BJ’s web sites:, and

LISA HAMMOND founded Femail Creations, a mail order catalog and website for unique gifts for women. In addition to running her own companies and writing books, Lisa is a sought after business consultant for companies and individuals seeking creative advice.

What Readers are Saying

Average Rating:
4.6 (based on 54 reviews)

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    Dolores Zazanis
    03/65/2011 03/07/2011
    • 5.0
    Oil For Your Lamp
    Uplifting and positive for women - well laid out and like all the color as well as the statements.
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      Donna Urquia
      03/65/2011 03/07/2011
      • 5.0
      Definitely Recommend
      I enjoyed this book too. I sometimes wish they were a little longer to reap more benefits, but as I have very little time to just "sit and read", these are absolutely wonderful books to read and spend that precious little time on yourself. Thank you.
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        Maria Iturbe
        03/68/2011 03/10/2011
        • 5.0
        Highly Recommended!!!!
        Great book for those of us who need to refuel so we can keep our lamps bright and burning.
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          Sister Jeanne Kenny
          04/95/2011 04/06/2011
          • 5.0
          Oil For Your Lamp
          I'm using this outstanding book for my Spring Book Club in St. Francis Borgia Parish in Chicago. The age range of our members is 40-90! This book is superb and so helpful with personal growth issues.
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            10/276/2011 10/04/2011
            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
            • 5.0
            A Must Read! Highly Recommended!
            This is the perfect gift for any busy women that's in your life!
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